An impulse visit to a quilt show in Ithaca, New York in the early 1990s set me on the path to becoming a fiber artist.I write and illustrate sewing and quilting patterns and books using a combination of CorelDraw, InDesign, and Photoshop. I sell most of my patterns on this blog's Pattern Page, as well as in my Etsy shop. I wrote, illustrated and published a book called "The Uncommon Yarmulke; Easy, fun, and spiritually-loaded little Jewish hats." My Judaiquilt.com website has long been a resource for stitchers who want to make Judaica, especially wedding canopies, tallitot (prayer shawls), and yarmulkes.
My fiber arts articles in national media include:
- Machine Quilting Unlimited - Say Yes to the Bride; Creating a Commissioned Wedding Canopy. PDF here.
- Modern Holidays, from the editors of Stitch - Gift Glyphs project design and directions. Pattern from the magazine publisher, here. I blogged a DIY version here.
- Quilt Pattern Magazine, Book review, of Circle Quilts by Colleen Granger. Read it here.
- The Quilt Life Magazine, From UFO to ATC: Artist Trading Cards. PDF here.
- Quilters Newsletter Magazine, Quilt a Wedding Canopy. PDF here.
- Quilters Newsletter Magazine, Party Quilts: If You Bring It, They Will Sign; Two-part series, December 2004 and Party Quilt Planning 101, January/February 2005.
- MarcusFabrics website, Quilting with the Experts, Party Quilts here.
- American Jewish Studies Magazine, "Mediating Moses and Matzoh," by Jodi Eichler-Levine, 2018, here.
- Hadassah Magazine, "Needlework is Tactile Prayer", by Libby Barnea, here.
- The Jewish Journal, Spring, 2015, Design a Tallit as Unique as They Are. Find it here. The article discussed a recent rock'n'roll tallit, blogged here.
- The Quilt Life Magazine, December, 2010; Simcha. I was quoted and some of my Judaic work was shown in an article about Judaic quilting and the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework. PDF here.
Along with editorial work, I also love to work on commissions, as a creative partner with my clients. Along with commissioned Judaica, like wedding canopies and prayer shawls, I make memory quilts from clothing, and quilts personalized for my clients' needs and tastes. Have a quilt in mind? Need editing help? I'd love to help you brainstorm. Email me at cathy (dot) perlmutter (at) gmail (dot)com!
I grew up near Boston, Massachusetts, and earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Harvard University and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. I have two children who are young adults, and a very supportive husband!